Shaefer breaks down impact of expanded Child Tax Credit

July 11, 2021 The Detroit News

Government officials are currently trying to spread the word about the recently expanded Child Tax Credit program so that it can reach the maximum number of eligible people. Luke Shaefer, associate dean for research and policy engagement and director of Poverty Solutions, explained how important the reformed program is.

"It has the possibility to be the most transformational thing that we do to confront child poverty in at least 50 years. And maybe ever," he said. "It's an important change when we treat all kids the same. This says, you know what? All families are struggling. Raising kids is expensive, so we're going to provide the exact same kind of support. I think that really changes the way people are going to perceive it."